With the playoffs just around the corner, a number of teams are still fighting it out for seeding and, more importantly, a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.
At the moment, the top seed in the Eastern Conference is the Pittsburgh Penguins, who stand at 32-10-0. They've won four consecutive games and are 8-2 over their previous 10 games overall. In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks (32-5-4) are still firmly holding the top spot, with a nice five-game winning streak of their own helping the cause.
The Blackhawks went into St. Louis last night and won 2-0 behind a terrific performance from netminder Chris Crawford (30 saves).
Having already clinched the division title, Chicago will try to keep their hot streak going against Dallas tonight. As expected, the Blackhawks are one of the biggest favorites of the night in terms of the NHL odds, listed at roughly -185 to get the win.
There could be some great sports betting value on the visiting Stars (+165) here, as they've actually been playing some good hockey as of late. They've won five games in a row, including two over San Jose and one over Los Angeles. Dallas is still battling hard for a playoff spot as well, so there's also the motivation factor that has to be taken into consideration.
The Blackhawks aren't the biggest favorite of the night though. That honor belongs to the Montreal Canadiens, who will host the Philadelphia Flyers at a rough price of -200. Shop around at sportsbooks like 5Dimes and Pinnacle, and you may be able to get a better number.
Though filled with quite a lot of mediocre matchups, one of the games that should offer plenty of entertainment will feature the Bruins and Senators.
Ottawa, second in the league in goals against (2.1) and penalty kill percentage (88.4), currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. They've responded after losing five straight by winnning each of their last two road games over Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Tonight the Senators will wrap up a lengthy road trip against Boston before returning to Canada for a four-game homestand. The Bruins, equally as sound defensively and on the penalty kill, have regressed as of late, losing two straight and three of four.
Which side will David Lawrence like here? Boston can be backed at anywhere from -165 to -175, while the Senators are as high as +155. Maybe a total play is in order? These are two of the best defensive teams in the NHL, so the “UNDER 5 goals” is sure to look good to the public here.
Another one of our hockey handicappers, Dave Schwab, has been killing it with his hockey picks this season, and will have his favorite play of the day available for viewing shortly. We're very eager to see which pick he thinks stands out above the rest.
Schwab will also have two more picks for you guys to consider as he tackles tonight's busy NHL slate, so make sure to visit us at SBRForum later in the day to find out what offerings he likes the look of.
Monday's Biggest NHL Favorites
Montreal (-200) vs. Philadelphia
Chicago (-185) vs. Dallas
Boston (-175) vs. Ottawa
Vancouver (-155) at Nashville
Toronto (-150) vs. New Jersey
Minnesota (-140) at Calgary
Monday's Highest NHL Totals
Chicago/Dallas (5.5)Montreal/Philadelphia (5.5)